1. Winston Science Champs
William B. Travis Vanguard and Academy, which serves students in grades four through eight, won first place overall in the 2018 Winston Science competition at The Winston School in Preston Hollow. More than 40 Travis students took home individual and team first-, second-, and third-place ribbons. Winston Science is an annual two-weekend science competition that invites children from all over the greater Dallas area to participate in science, art, and creative problem-solving activities.
2. A Thousand Blessings
The holidays turn intramural competition into cooperation at Ursuline Academy with teams annually joining together in a service project. For the 2018 project, students made more than 1,000 “Blessing Bags” to hand out to the homeless and distribute to area shelters. To fill the bags, freshmen collected socks, toothbrushes, and toothpaste; sophomores, granola bars, peanut butter crackers, and water; juniors, hand sanitizer, feminine products, and Chapstick; and seniors, tissues, hair brushes, and combs. The bags also included handwritten notes, and prayers.
3. New Eagle Scouts
These Boy Scouts from Troop 125 at Grace Bible Church have earned the Eagle Scout rank, Scouting’s highest. Samuel Becker Bentley, son of Jim and Anne Bentley of Dallas, graduated from Highland Park High School in 2018 and is taking honors classes at Richland Community College. Eagle project: working with Connecting Point of Park Cities to beautify the agency’s entrance by installing a screen to block the view of a dumpster nearby. Jonathan Trace Hamada, son of Sean and Gina Hamada of Dallas, is a senior at the School for the Talented and Gifted Magnet. Eagle project: rebuilding two benches and expanding the garden at The Village Church Dallas Northway. Cole Layton Smith, son of Mark and Jeanette Smith of University Park, is a freshman at Texas Christian University. Eagle project: refurbishing the prayer labyrinth at University Park United Methodist Church.